Toyota today announces additional peace of mind to assist when the unexpected occurs. Safety Connect, a suite of available services that help drivers stay secure while on the road, is now available with an extended trial period to customers of select Toyota models. The suite of available services includes 24-hour emergency assistance, 24-hour enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification and stolen vehicle locator**.
For over seven years and just under 100,000km, we have driven our Noah hybrid like the unflashy workhorse Toyota intended it to be. In Japan, the costs of meeting the country’s rigorous shaken test — the 60-part roadworthiness checks carried out by government-authorised inspectors every two years — can ratchet into the thousands of dollars beyond a car’s seventh year (a deliberate policy to increase new car sales). As a result, says our dealer, if we ordered a brand-new Noah today it might arrive 13 months from now, if we are lucky.
It all started in 1972 when Toyota announced its first manufacturing investment in North America. Today the automaker's Long Beach, California operation, TABC, Inc., celebrated 50 years of paving the way for Toyota to become a gold standard in advanced manufacturing.